Zabor Funeral Home Inc.
5680 Pearl Road Parma, OH 44129,
between Snow & Ridge Road



Age 82 ¾. Beloved husband of 30 years to Jennifer (nee) Herrmann;

Son of the late Joseph and Helen (nee Mihaly) Stropko; Loving father of James Jr. (Sandy), Danette, Linda Keyes (Shawn)(both deceased), Janet MacMillian (Paul), and Cody. Stepfather of Kevin Walker Jr. (Kim); Beloved grandfather of James III (Tiffany), Brandon Geiger (deceased), Danielle, Stephanie Geiger Belardo (Mario), Natalie MacMillian, Paul (Max) MacMillian and great-grandfather to Kyle, James IV, Isabelle and Jason. Brother of Elizabeth Sinclair, Frances Gehlmann (deceased), Kathryn Kocel Stafford (deceased), Barbara Cancian, Margaret Vargo (Jack), Joseph Stropko Jr. (deceased) (Juliette), Mary Helen Stropko (deceased), Paul Stropko (Marie), Martha Hecht Pawnyk (Roman), and John Stropko (deceased). Dear brother-in-law, uncle, and friend to too many to name.

Jim was born in Cleveland, Ohio, Graduated from Columbia High School and resided in Berea, Strongsville and Valley City. Jim will forever be remembered for his outstanding friendly personality, his great sense of humor, his generosity and the delicious meals he graciously prepared and we devoured. He loved sports and faithfully attended his grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s games. He loved getting in the car and going places.

Jim started J&J Appliance in Berea, Ohio in 1957 and worked tirelessly at his business until his recent retirement. He could be found at Berea Glass enjoying an afternoon coffee break with good friends.

Although Jim’s body has worn out, his youthful spirit is eternal. His love of Jesus Christ is our anchor of hope for a future, heavenly reunion. He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

Jim ascended into heaven on August 4, 2020 after complications from the Corona virus. A “Celebration of Life” will be held at a later date. Friends and Family can leave messages at Zabor Funeral home memorial page at


Messages of Condolence

  1. Dear Stropko Family, So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our Condolences to all of you . Dennis & Joanie Cancian

  2. The years I knew Jim he was always upbeat. His infectious smile always generated more from all. He always treated me like family, my condolences to Jim’s entire family. He will be truly missed. God Bless you all! Carl DeLembo

  3. Back in June, my refrigerator ‘died’ after a whopping 6 years. My dear friend suggested I call J&J because they were reputable and reliable. That is how I met Jim (aka Sam!). His kindness and help trying to find the right repairman or new refrigerator during a PANDEMIC will always be remembered. What a lovely man – and we never even met in person!
    God bless your family as you feel and mourn the loss of a very kind man.

  4. 60 years ago I walked around the corner from my house on Vivian to Jim’s garage on Jananna – I needed a part for an appliance. That was the beginning. For the next 60 yrs I have enjoyed the smiling face of the guy that sold and serviced applianced at my homes 1st in Berea and later in Strongsville. I will miss Jim always with a pleasant tone and a big smile. God bless.

  5. Our condolences to the entire Stropko family. Jim was the rock that led this family in life and the Lord. His infectious laugh and welcoming smile will be remembered by all who knew him.

    Always joyful, always helpful, always remembered… We will miss you Papa!

  6. Dear Stropko Family -Please accept our deepest condolences in the loss of your grandfather/great grandfather. Encouraged to hear of his love and trust in Jesus.
    Walt & Laurie Schab

  7. Condolences, thoughts and payers are with all of you….

    Deepest Sympathy for your loss…

    George and Jan Walter

  8. I am so sorry for your loss Tiffany. Deepest sympathy for you and your family during this difficult time. Praying for you…

  9. Jim was a great guy always positive. Always a supporter of CROSLEY APPLIANCES and MAS. One of myong enough God rest his soul

  10. Jim was great Christian brother and friend and he did help alot of people and was very funny

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